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Thematic Issue on Urban Water Demand Management

Call for Papers
Virtual* Thematic Issue on “Urban Water Demand Management”
Issue Editors: Andrea Castelletti, Dragan Savic, Rodney Stewart 
EMS Editor:  Andrea E. Rizzoli
Continued demographic growth,  increasing urbanization, and development of mega-cities are boosting urban water demands and changing their spatio-temporal distribution. Demand-side management actions are key to secure water supply in the next decades, and complement more traditional supply-side management interventions, when limitations such as physical constraints, resources availability or increasing marginal costs hamper the effectiveness of infrastructure expansion.
* A Virtual Thematic (or Special) Issue (VTI) is a collection of articles that are published over a time span in different physical issues of the journal, but they are “virtually” kept together on the journal webpage, as seen here. The advantage for authors is that papers are are not being withheld until the very last paper has been revised. The advantage for the editors is that new contributions can also be linked to the VTI. This means that you are welcome to submit a paper for inclusion in the VTI even after the deadline for this call has expired! 

Thematic Issue on Environmental Data Science

Call for Papers

for a Thematic Issue on

Environmental Data Science

on  Environmental Modelling and Software, An Elsevier Journal

Edited by: Karina Gibert, Geoff Holmes, Jeffery S Horsburgh, Ioannis N Athanasiadis



Getting decisional knowledge from data is nowadays one of the most reliable ways to better understand environmental processes, to go beyond the state-of-the-art in Environmental Sciences and to improve environmental systems management in most of their fields. The particular complexity of environmental processes requires new solutions able to integrate different information sources, such as qualitative and quantitative data, images, text, signals, etc., together with prior knowledge, as well as to deal with spatiotemporal frames and higher order interactions among variables.

Two new books authored by iEMSs members

Two new interesting books have been recently published, and the authors are some very esteemed iEMSs members, Tony Jakeman and Stefano Marsili Libelli.

Tony teamed up with a group of highly respected researchers to edit the book titled “Integrated Groundwater Management“, which is published by Springer. Groundwater management is seen from a wider perspective, including social and economic aspects.

Stefano authored the book titled “Environmental Systems Analysis with MATLAB®“, with CRC Press, where a mathematical approach to the study of environmental processes is presented. The book is suitable as a course book, but also as a reference tool for researchers.

You can read the short abstracts of these two books if you click on the “read more” link.

Introductory Overviews

Introductory Overviews

The inherent nature of environmental systems necessitates interdisciplinary approaches to analyse and understand them. The development and application of environmental models can involve highly diverse teams, comprised of scientists with different educational backgrounds and a wide of array of methods and terminology. As we grapple to understand environmental problems of increasing complexity, it becomes even more important that we cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and make greater efforts to exchange information, knowledge and ideas. To this end, EMS has created a new form of scientific contribution: Introductory Overviews.

iEMSs 2016 Awards

The Awards Committee has finally evaluated all nominations and the following biennial awards for 2016 have been issued. 

The awards ceremony will be held during iEMSs 2016 in Toulouse. 
We warmly congratulate the recipients of the iEMSs 2016 awards.



Ann van Griensven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Patrick Reed, Cornell University, USA


Early Career Research Excellence

Serena Hamilton, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Joseph Guillaume, Aalto University, Finland

Joseph Kasprzyk, University of Colorado Boulder, USA



Robert Argent, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia

Ralf Denzer, Saarland University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Stefan Reis, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK

Gene Whelan, US EPA, USA

iEMSs 2016 – Call for Papers



Please consider submitting your environmental modeling and software work for presentation at the:

8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling & Software

 (iEMSs 2016)

Toulouse, FRANCE – 10-14 July 2016

iEMSs 2016 is the official biennial conference of the International Environmental Modelling & Software Society, sponsors of the high impact journal, Environmental Modelling & Software. iEMSs 2016 is co-sponsored by The Consortium of University of Toulouse (INP, University Paul Sabatier), National Center for Scientific Research(CNRS), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SO-Toulouse, the regional and national government organization, and the host organizations, INPT-ENSEEIHT and ECOLAB Laboratory. The theme for the conference is “Supporting Sustainable Futures” and we hope to see a lot of exciting new development and tools for supporting our future. The conference is organized around a series of themes, streams, and sessions. Key streams include:

Model development and modelling frameworks • Integrated Environmental Modeling • Climate Change Modeling • Environmental Modeling Uncertainty Issues, optimization, sensitivity analysis • Data mining, machine learning, GIS, remote sensing • Environmental Modeling for decision making and engaging the public • innovative Software • Algorithms for Environmental Modeling • Applications of Environmental Modeling

You may either submit an abstract or a brief technical paper (8 page max) for either oral or poster presentation. Accepted technical papers will be published in the conference proceedings. To submit your abstract or paper now, please visit the conference web site:

Please email the conveners with your questions and inquiries: 
Dr. Sabine Sauvage and Dr. José-Miguel Sánchez-Pérez,

Planning an iEMSs conference: a to-do list by Dan Ames

Dan Ames is the co-convenor of iEMSs 2014 together with Nigel Quinn and he’s sharing with us some of his experience in getting things done. This is an excerpt from a mail he wrote to the organisers of iEMSs 2016. I am publishing it here for future reference.



0) You and a very small group form the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) now. For example, in my case it was me and Nigel and Andrea. (3 people only to keep it simple)

1) You should have your hotel and conference and events venues booked now!
2) LOC should create a rough draft schedule for the conference now. You should also create a web site now with all the information about the conference. This is important to do AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! 
3) By June 1, LOC should release a “Call for Sessions and Workshops”. Send this to the iEMSs board and members mailing list. Set a one month deadline. Attached is our Call for Sessions and Workshops from last year. You can revise it as you see fit. Please feel free to include me and Andrea in these revisions if it helps you.
4) Collect the proposed sessions and workshops and select the ones you want to include in the conference. We chose 39 sessions and workshops. Be careful which ones you choose. Some people will propose a workshop or a session but will do no work! I can give you some warnings.
5) The people who proposed the sessions and workshops are your “Scientific Committee”. Make a group mailing list and email them and let them know they are your committee now. Remind them that they are responsible for conducting the abstract and paper reviews for their session. Remind them of the difference between a workshop and a session (see the attached document)
6) On October 1 release the Call for Abstracts. This should list all of the sessions and people must specify which session when they submit their abstract.  Give one month for abstracts. Send lots of email to lots of mailing lists to get the abstracts.
7) In November, the scientific committee must choose the abstracts to invite for full papers. Really there are three choices for each abstract: Invite for Full Paper and Oral Presentation; Invite for Oral Presentation Only; Invite for Poster Only. (Also REJECT is an option – But we don’t reject many.)
8) In December notify all of the Abstract authors of the result (Full Paper + Oral Presentation; or Oral Presentation Only: or Poster Only; or REJECT). Send a COMMITMENT FORM. They must sign and return the commitment form that says that they agree with the result and they will come to the conference and give the Oral Presentation (or the Poster).
9) Now contact all of the people who were selected for full papers. Give them a deadline to submit the full paper. Perhaps Jan 31. 
10) Next the Scientific committee must review all the papers. Remember, they were ALREADY Accepted. So now the reviewers must simply work with the authors through a review process to make the papers of the highest quality possible. The review process for papers is not “Accept/Reject” it is “Improve, improve, improve”. 
11) Next, in February, you can organize the detailed schedule and post it online. People need to see the detailed schedule so that they can buy their airplane tickets, etc.
12) In Oct-Dec of this year, you should find your key note speakers. That is for the LOC to decide. You can invite the Scientific Committee for recommendations.
13) In March you can post the final schedule with all key note speakers, etc.You can also start emailing people to register for the conference. You will have to send lots of emails to different mailing lists to get people to start registering. 
14) In April – June you will update your conference venue people about number of people for food, etc. 
15) In July is the conference!

Research position on multidisciplinary water and environmental engineering at the University of Bristol, UK

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol (UK) is looking to appoint an exceptional individual to enhance its strength in multidisciplinary water and environmental engineering ( This position is part of an expanding water research community in both the department and across the University. We seek a candidate with international leadership potential in the broader field of water resources to complement existing strengths in water and environmental engineering. Candidates with expertise in integrated water resource management; water resources systems analysis and groundwater modelling are especially welcome. You will be expected to contribute to research, knowledge transfer and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Holger Maier talks about evolutionary algorithms and other metaheuristics in water resources: a video presentation

Following up the recent publication of the EMS Position Paper Evolutionary algorithms and other metaheuristics in water resources: Current status, research challenges and future directions Holger Maier has delivered a seminar which you can watch on Vimeo. This is the firs of hopefully many other video seminars that MSSANZ and the iEMSs hope to be able to bring to you.